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GDS Experience

2020-21 Campus Re-Entry

Minimizing Risk, Maximizing Learning

The following priorities guide campus re-entry and operations plan:
  • Health and safety of our students and employees 
  • Academic excellence
  • Minimized disruptions, reassurance, and peace of mind for our parents and families
We miss our students! And we know they miss their personal connections with their peers, teachers, counselors, and coaches. 

Greensboro Day School has crafted a thoughtful, comprehensive, and mission-aligned operations plan for delivering the best academic experience in the safest way under the current pandemic conditions. 

GDS’s 65-acre spacious campus and an entire ecosystem of faculty and staff support will allow GDS to operate at times when public schools are closed, depending on the current state of health of our community. As conditions ebb and flow, Greensboro Day School must remain flexible.

Re-Entry Video: We're Ready for You!

The Plan: Academics & Continuous Learning Scenarios

List of 10 items.

  • Greensboro Day School's Learning Plans

    Common to all on-campus plans:
    • GDS Students can choose distance learning via Swivl 
    • GDS will follow Local, State, and CDC Guidance 
    • GDS will require screening a form to be submitted electronically by a parent before arrival & temperature check will occur upon onsite arrival
    GREEN PLAN
    • PK-12 On-Campus Daily
    • Gathering & Minimal Social Distancing Measures Implemented
    • Students seated 4-6 ft apart in assigned seating. Maximum class size is 16-21 depending on room dimensions; maximize outdoor classroom use; specialist teachers push into homeroom; PK-4, PE Outside, outdoor recess/break time every 60-80 min, PK-12
    BLUE PLAN
    • PK-12 On-Campus Daily
    • Public Schools in Hybrid Model; Childcare open; *NCAIS Area Schools Open
    • Students seated 6ft apart in assigned seating; LS homerooms class size reduced into smaller pods that stay together during the day; maximize outdoor classroom use; specialist teachers push into homeroom PK-4, PE Outside, outdoor recess/break time every 60-80 min PK-12. Classrooms utilize other areas of campus: grades PK-3 in LS, grade 4 in library/media center, 5-8 in MS and 9-12 in US, and spread across campus.
    YELLOW PLAN
    • PK - 12 on Campus Daily
    • Public Schools in Distance Learning or Hybrid; Childcare open; *NCAIS Area Schools Open
    • Students seated 6ft apart in assigned seating; LS homerooms class size reduced into smaller pods that stay together during the day; maximize outdoor classroom use; specialist teachers push into homeroom PK-4, PE Outside, outdoor recess/break time every 60-80 min PK-12. Classrooms utilize other areas of campus: grades PK-3 in LS, grade 4 in library/media center, 5-8 in MS and 9-12 in US, and spread across campus. 
    ORANGE PLAN
    • PK - 9 on Campus Daily: Grades 10-12 Hybrid Learning Rotation Plan (Grades 10-12 On-Campus one week all classes & Distance Learning one week all classes)
    • Governor limits class maximum to 10 persons for non-public schools; Public Schools Closed or Hybrid; Childcare open; *NCAIS Area Schools Open
    • Students seated 6ft apart in assigned seating; LS homerooms class size reduced into smaller pods that stay together during the day; maximize outdoor classroom use; specialist teachers push into homeroom PK-4, PE Outside, outdoor recess/break time every 60-80 min PK-12. Classrooms utilize other areas of campus: grades PK-3 in LS, grade 4 in library/media center, grades 5-6 in MS, grades 7-9 US wing, grades 10-12 spread across campus using US wing, gym, theatre, black box, music rooms, art rooms, outdoors)
    RED PLAN
    • PK-12 Distance Learning, Evaluate emergency childcare option grades PK-1
    • GDS Community Spread or Stay at Home Order; Public Schools Closed or Hybrid; *NCAIS Area Schools Closed
    * NCAIS, a NAIS affiliation of North Carolina independent schools, does not govern school closures. GDS will consult and make school closure decisions in collaboration with other NCAIS schools in the Triad area.
     
  • Life on Campus

    In many ways, campus life will look and feel the same. For health and safety reasons, there will be ways that your experience on campus will change, and these changes will be updated as CDC guidelines for safe schools evolve. 

    Daily Access Requirements
    • A daily COVID-19 Screening Form; mask or face covering
    • Masks are optional for students in the Early Childhood Program (Bengal Tots Age 2 - Junior Kindergarten)
    • Permission for parents and visitors to come to campus. (A COVID-19 Screening Form and temperature assessment will be required before campus entry for all guests)
    • Temperature screenings (non-contact) for all employees, students, and visitors
    Student Safety
    • Boxed lunches will be available for purchase daily
    • Outdoor spaces will be utilized to their full potential
    • Students must bring a water bottle; a personal ball, hula hoop, jump rope, etc. from home for the outdoor courts during recess
    • Students will use their backpacks as lockers; hallway lockers will be prohibited upon re-entry; tips for packing lightly and efficiently will be covered in the back-to-school training
    • Off-campus privileges for upper school students will not be permitted. OC will be re-evaluated in January.
    • Lower School specialists teachers will push into homeroom classes to limit exposure and travel by students. Students will have more movement time outdoors and between classes
    • All student drop-off and pick-up will take place via curbside service. We ask parents to remain in their cars. Parents making an early pick-up should text the division assistant upon arrival & your child will be escorted to your vehicle
    • Locker room use will be restricted until further notice (Read about athletics here.)
    Safety for All
    • Signage and floor markings will be utilized throughout the campus to manage traffic flow and direction to support physical distancing practices
    • All employees, students, and families will be required to participate in health and safety training in August
    •  Students or employees who travel to a destination under a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice will be required to stay home and participate in distance learning for 14 days
  • Re-Entry Checklist for Parents and Students

    Re-Entry Checklist for Parents/Care Givers and Students:

    Students
    • Water Bottle
    • Backpack
    • Face Covering
    • Ball, hula hoop, jump rope, etc. (optional)
    • Be Prepared to Use Hand  Sanitizer upon arrival/departure to/from room/space
    • Dress for comfort and weather
    Parents/Caregivers
    • Upload health forms (immunization record, sports physical) to Magnus Health by August 7
    • Follow curb-side drop-off & pick-up procedures for carpool
    • Self-Report any family travel outside of North Carolina
    • Complete daily COVID-19 Screening Form for each child before their arrival each school day
    • Have a back-up plan ready if your child posts a fever upon morning arrival to campus
    • Participate in a one-hour parent re-entry training via Zoom on August 17
  • Health Center Updates & Protocols

    The GDS health support team includes a full-time Registered Nurse, several part-time nurses, and two full-time athletic trainers. All student physicals, immunization records, and other health and safety forms will be collected and stored electronically using the Magnus Health secure platform. Leave your paper at home!

    The health center now includes a well-space and a sick-space. The team maintains regular communication with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and other regional, national, and international networks.

    Health center staff will follow CDC guidelines for personal protective equipment (PPE). Health center nurses have masks, gloves, and gowns readily available. Face shields are optional and may compliment face masks. The GDS Health Center will follow reporting and communication guidelines and requirements by the NCDHHS when a GDS community member has been exposed or diagnosed with COVID-19. 

    Additional COVID-19 Protocol duties include:

    • Processing daily and required COVID Screening Forms for all on-campus community members
    • Managing the daily temperature screening process for all employees, students, and visitors to campus

    Exposure Protocols 
    • Exposure to COVID-19 within the last two weeks but presents no symptoms: Distance Learning at home for 14 days
    • Employees or students that self-report exposure to COVID-19, self-report diagnosis of COVID-19, or present at least one of the following COVID-19 symptoms (fever, chills, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing, new cough, a new loss of taste or smell) will be asked to leave campus immediately
    • Students will wait in the observation area of the Health Center until a parent arrives. 
    • The school nurse will notify the health department and follow health department guidelines for communicating and cleaning and disinfecting the areas exposed.

    Diagnosis Protocols
    • COVID-19 Diagnosis: Distance Learning at home for ten days since the first positive COVID-19 test
    • At least one symptom (fever, chills, breathing difficulty, new cough, a new loss of taste/smell):  Distance Learning at home until ten days since the first symptom; no fever three consecutive days without fever meds; three days of symptom improvement

    If you have questions about the School’s health procedures or policies? Email or call Linda Register, RN, at lindaregister@greensboroday.org or 336-314-4714
     
  • Investments and Redesigns

    Greensboro Day School is making and has made substantial investments to better support teaching and learning during an unpredictable school year. 
     
    Campus Infrastructure Investments
    • Global Plasma Solutions air filtration system that utilizes Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization (NPBI) technology to clean air inside all campus buildings
    • The Health Center remodel includes a sick-room and a well-room
    • Reimagined Outdoor Spaces for myriad physical activities and outdoor classroom meetings
    Technology Investments
    • Swivl technology allows our students to learn virtually and Zoom right into the classes being held on campus
    • GDS is a new member of Magnus Health. The health screening app and secure paperless storage for student health documents will be utilized, beginning with the 2020-21 school year
    • Grab and go kits will be prepared to go home with PK-1st Grade Families. GDS will include ipads and hotspots in the kits for families who find affordability a challenge
    Furniture Investments
    • New classroom furniture is being purchased to support social distancing, maximum classroom capacity, and socialization
    • Students will have portable chairs for outdoor class discussions and activities when the weather is nice
    Teacher Traning Investments
    • Teachers will deepen their toolbox to deliver an exemplary experience whether we are on campus or learning online
    • Schedule training; time use training for all learning modes
    • Three GDS staff are certified COVID contact tracers by Johns Hopkins University
  • Campus Cleanliness & Disinfection

    GDS continues to be vigilant about the cleanliness and disinfection of our entire campus. We will follow all CDC guidelines and use EPA-approved disinfectants with regards to cleaning protocol, process, and chemicals used.

    • Hand sanitizer stations have been placed throughout campus in classrooms, receptionist desks, and other high-traffic areas
    • Employees and students are expected to use hand sanitizer each time they enter and leave a room or office
    • The indoor and outdoor campus will be cleaned and disinfected daily
    • Custodians, staff, and teachers will clean high volume spaces and equipment daily
    • Global Plasma Solutions air  filtration system (used by airlines and hospitals) that utilizes Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization 
    • The indoor air quality will be monitored daily
    • Regular maintenance schedules will be followed
  • When will GDS Community Members Need to Stay Home?

    Community members will be required to stay home when:
    • Students or employees who travel to a destination under a CDC Level 3 Travel Health Advisory
    • Exposure to COVID-19 within the last two weeks but presents no symptoms: Distance Learning at home for 14 days (10 school days)
    • COVID-19 Diagnosis: Distance Learning at home for ten days since the first positive COVID-19 test. • 10 days since first symptom • No fever three consecutive days without fever meds • Three days of symptom improvement
    • Presents at least one symptom of fever, chills, breathing difficulty, new cough, a new loss of taste/ smell: Distance Learning at home until- • 10 days since first symptom • No fever three consecutive days without fever meds • Three days of symptom improvement
    In the case of GDS Community Spread, Greensboro Day School will communicate with the GCDHHS to monitor cases within our community. We will follow all GCDHHS instructions and guidance for directed quarantine and distance learning.
  • Tech at Home | Resources from the GDS Tech Department

    This guide is designed to help students who are learning from home who may need assistance with technology. You can open a help ticket by completing this form. 
  • Athletics

    Greensboro Day School is a member of the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association (NCISAA) and to ensure the health and safety of our student-athletes, we will follow CDC, NCDHHS, GCHD,  and NCISAA guidelines.

    GDS Sports 
    Greensboro Day School has published our Return to Play Plan and COVID-19 Procedures on our athletics webpage. 

    Varsity Swim, Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball and JV Boys Basketball teams will begin November 2, 2020

    All other teams will begin November 30, 2020

    REQUIREMENTS
    • All "Athlete" related Magnus Forms must be completed for students to be eligible to participate in practices or games
    • The Parent Daily Attestation for Covid-19 screening form (Magnus phone App) must be completed. Look for additional details and instructions soon
    • Temperature screening when arriving at school. Other important information
    • Proper Hydration is Critically Important
    • Students must provide their own labeled water jug/container - hands-free fill stations will be available
    • Masks must be worn when not in competition and when 6 ft. or less of social distancing is not available
    • Uniforms and pinnies will be issued for the entire season and not returned after each game/practice
    • Competition travel distance has been reduced and will be discussed during each team parent meeting, details at a later date
    To ensure the health and safety of our student-athletes, we will follow CDC, NCDHHS, and NCISAA guidelines regarding limiting physical contact with other players, no shared water bottles or equipment, no handshakes after games and meets. We will continue to analyze the information as it is available and follow all necessary protocols.
     
    *All dates are subject to change. All schedule-related questions should be directed to Freddy Johnson, Athletic Director at freddyjohnson@greensboroday.org. For students who are already on a team roster, students and parents received information about ordering team-specific apparel and expectations via myGDS fall team roster notifications.
     
     

    Athletic Staff
    Freddy Johnson
    Athletic Director

    Jon Schner, LAT, ATC
    Assistant Athletic Director
    Director of Sports Medicine / Athletic Trainer
    jonschner@greensboroday.org

    Meg Sumner, MS, LAT, ATC
    Assistant Athletic Trainer
    megsumner@greensboroday.org
  • Household Travel to CDC Level 3 Advisory Location

    For the health and wellbeing of our community, we ask that our families, faculty, and staff please let us know if you plan to travel to a CDC Level 3 Health Advisory destination. The Director of Health Services will view the data to inform us of necessary protocols for campus re-entry, if applicable. Thank you in advance for supporting the health of our children, faculty, and staff and for your commitment to our community.

    Complete this form here to notify the Director of Health Services of any upcoming or recent travel.
In many ways, campus life will look and feel the same. For health and safety reasons, there will be ways that experience on campus will change, and these changes will be updated as CDC guidelines for safe schools evolve.  

Have Questions?

Have questions about school procedures during COVID? Have a great idea to share with the leadership team? Let our team know by emailing COVIDTeam@greensboroday.org

Having technical difficulties with the Magnus app? Let our tech team know by emailing Magnus@greensboroday.org or call Magnus directly at 877-461-6831.  

Face Coverings / Masks

  • Must cover nose and mouth
  • Masks should be two-ply, with ear loops and cannot be see-through when held up to light
  • Change your mask every day
  • No face coverings or masks with valves, vents, holes or mesh will be permitted
  • No neck gaiters or bandanas
  • Extra masks will be available in the division offices
  • All students and employees should have one face covering on when they exit their vehicle and a backup mask if needed
  • Greensboro Day School face covering/mask requirements are guided by CDC recommendations.
Updated September 30, 2020

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